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Highlights of France and Barcelona

10 Days 3 Countries 15 Cities

Follow the spine of France's wine country before heading to buzzing Barcelona on this Regional Explorer trip.

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About this trip

From Van Gogh to Gaudi, Renaissance to Gothic - visit the cities, valleys and coastlines of France and Spain that inspired great artists to create masterpieces as remarkable as the destinations you will visit, from the Champs Élysées in Paris to Barcelona's Las Ramblas, weaving through the alluring Loire Valley, French Riviera and medieval Citadel of Carcassonne.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: FRSPA

9 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona

    • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles

    • View Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles and Sagrada Familia and Colombus Monument in Barcelona

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dali Museum in Figueres


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Highlights of France and Barcelona

Your Itinerary

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Day 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing

Paris, France

Day 3

Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley

Loire Valley, France

Day 4

Loire Valley – Lyon

France Avignon Bridge, France

Day 5

Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights)

Massena Palace, Nice, France

Day 6

Nice – Excursion To Monte Carlo

Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, France

Day 7

Nice – Arles – Carcassonne

Day 8

Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Day 9

Barcelona

Day 10

Depart Barcelona

Day 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights including the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel

Hilton La Defense

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Hilton La Defense

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing

Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the quaint historical local neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Marvel at the city's beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: €32.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Adult Price: €139.00

Day 2

Day 3

Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley Day 3 - Paris – Chartres – Chenonceau – Loire Valley

Visit Chartres, an important place of pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse.

Hotel

Mercure Tours Nord

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Mercure Tours Nord

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 3

Day 4

Loire Valley – Lyon Day 4 - Loire Valley – Lyon

Journey through the heart of France and through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. Built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Specialist through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and 'traboules' of France's largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Mercure Centre Saxe LaFayette

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Mercure Centre Saxe LaFayette

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 4

Day 5

Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights) Day 5 - Lyon – Avignon – Nice (2 Nights)

From Lyon drive to Avignon. See the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the river immortalised in the French song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Here you will experience a Cultural Insight into local wine production with a glass of wine enjoyed on a Provençal terrace with the locals. Arrive later in Nice where an orientation tour will introduce you to this coastal city including the famous Promenade des Anglais and Place Massèna.

Hotel

Ellington

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ellington

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Nice – Excursion To Monte Carlo Day 6 - Nice – Excursion To Monte Carlo

Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers with a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques. This afternoon enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d'Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Adult Price: €83.00

Day 6

Day 7

Nice – Arles – Carcassonne Day 7 - Nice – Arles – Carcassonne

Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic Provençal landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.

Hotel

Mercure Porte De La Cite

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Mercure Porte De La Cite

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €23.00

Day 7

Day 8

Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 8 - Carcassonne – Figueres – Barcelona Sightseeing (2 Nights)

This morning pass by the foothills of the Pyrénées and stop in the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum. Here you will gain a Cultural Insight into the world of Salvador Dali and see his work in this impressive and inspiring building. Later arrive in Barcelona where you enjoy an included sightseeing tour and see Columbus Monument and Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia with a Local Specialist. Tonight why not enjoy an Optional Experience to a traditional flamenco show.

Hotel

Hesperia Tower

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Hesperia Tower

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner

Come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we’ve even included dinner and drinks.

Adult Price: €86.00

Day 8

Day 9

Barcelona Day 9 - Barcelona

Today is free to enjoy the sights of Barcelona. Why not explore Las Ramblas or maybe enjoy tapas in Plaça Reial. You could even explore the Gothic Quarter with its magnificent cathedral. Consider an Optional Experience to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat to see the mysterious Black Madonna. This evening join your Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner with wine at a typical Spanish restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Catalonian Dinner And The Dancing Fountains

Join us for drinks and a Catalonian feast in the bustling city of Barcelona. After dinner, we’ll take you to see the spectacle of the famous Dancing Fountains, which were built for the 1929 World’s Fair and are one of the wonders of the modern world.

Adult Price: €59.00

Mystical Montserrat

Join an Optional Experience to the enchanting and mystical mountain of Montserrat, with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. There we will visit the Benedictine monastery where the Black Madonna can be seen.

Adult Price: €40.00

Barcelona, Past and Present

Step back in time to uncover the history of the Barcelona from its Roman beginnings to the modern day. With your Local Specialist, stroll the maze of narrow streets and courtyards, home to gothic churches, the Kings Square, and the Jewish Quarter. Spain’s Golden Era will come alive as we visit sites from Columbus’ return from the Americas, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Spanish Civil War. We’ll finish at a local food market to shop like the locals and perhaps try traditional tapas.

Adult Price: €29.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Barcelona Day 10 - Depart Barcelona

Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Barcelona. Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured on this page.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Return to 17th century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course Tourangelle dinner accompanied by local wines

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Cultural Insights
    People-watch over a glass of delicious local wine at the bustling Place de l'Horloge in the heart of Avignon. Visit the Dali Theatre-Museum, considered Salvador Dali's last great work offering visitors real insight into his captivating world

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris, Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Lyon, Carcassonne and Barcelona

    • Scenic drive through the Loire Valley

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Avignon, Nice, Monaco and Arles

    • View Château de Chambord, the Papal Palace of Avignon, the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna in Nice, Monaco's Royal Palace and Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre of Arles and Sagrada Familia and Colombus Monument in Barcelona

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley and the Dali Museum in Figueres


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 45 Reviews

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    Service:

    The trip leader was very good, and food/accomodation mostly good; however I found the itinerary too rushed, with too much time spent on the coast. I was also disappointed our Paris and Barcelona accomodation was so far from the city centre. Based on this tour I wouldn't book Trafalgar again.

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    Service rating : The entire experience was wonderful and our tour Director was superb, very knowledgeable and articulate in presentation.Product : Every stop we made had value; beautiful Cathedrals, ancient castles, etc. And our Director, Krista Taylor always provided us valuable insight as to

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    Service:

    Service rating : It was all very well-organized, and our tour director, Ms.Taylor (I'm sorry, I'veforgotten her first name), was unfailingly good-humored and conscious of ourneeds and desires.Product : The places visited were truly "highlights", historically and artistically.

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    Service rating : Great organisation of whole tourProduct : Interesting and great special dinners

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    Service rating : The Tour Director was personable, warm and caring, with wonderful organisational skills. The driver was excellent! The itinerary delivered what it said it would. It lived up to my expectations, was well paced and afforded a great travel adventure. However, I was not advised of

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